NJDOT designates municipalities for
Red Light Running Camera program
(Trenton) – The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced the designation of ten new municipalities for the Red Light Running Automated Enforcement pilot program. Hoboken, Morris Township, South Brunswick, Woodbridge, Gloucester Township, Cherry Hill, Stratford, Deptford, Monroe and Glassboro were designated for participation.
Each of the selected municipalities includes specific locations that have a demonstrated history of violations and crashes related to red light running that has not been reduced by previous engineering, enforcement and education efforts. The pilot program is designed to determine whether a traffic control signal monitoring system may be an effective long-term tool to increase safety at these locations. Each municipality will set up its own distribution system for citations that result from camera images.
In order to ensure that the pilot program is accessible to and representative of all regions of New Jersey, NJDOT has reformulated the selection process so that applying municipalities only compete against each other by region. NJDOT will designate municipalities from each region for participation in the program.
In January 2008, Assembly Bill 4314 established a five-year pilot program to determine the effectiveness of the installation and utilization of traffic control signal monitoring systems. Under the program, a traffic control signal monitoring system utilizes cameras and vehicle sensors, which work in conjunction with a traffic control signal to produce images of vehicles disregarding a red signal and “running a red light.” Similar programs have been implemented in twenty-four other states.
In 2008, NJDOT designated Brick Township, Newark, East Brunswick, Piscataway, Roselle Park, Stafford, Edison, Jersey City, Lawrence, Linden, New Brunswick and Wayne for participation in the first-year pilot program.
NJDOT will continue to accept applications and encourages municipalities to apply for designation.